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  1. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    Very basic math shows that if the AF was to pay every single active duty, guard and reserve pilot an extra $100K/year that would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.1B / year. The FY 19 AF budget is $156 B. So for a roughly 1.3% reallocation of funds the AF could be competitive with airline pay. Obviously that's very simplistic, but you get the point. Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining AF...if you value your people you need to start paying them like it. The AF just spent over $1B on NG to tell us that a square peg sensor doesn't fit on a round hole Global Hawk. GMAFB. We have the money. People say it isn't about the money...they're lying. QoL is a big factor, but there's a lot more you're willing to put up with to keep flying cool jets at the right price.
  2. Israeli Viper Shot Down in Syria

    Interesting how little media attention this has: Israel Believes Syria Strikes Took Out Nearly Half of Assad’s Air Defenses
  3. Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/February 2018/USAF-to-Grow-Out-of-Pilot-Crisis-by-Increasing-Training-Not-by-Competing-with-Airlines.aspx http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Pages/2018/February 2018/February 15 2018/USAF-Losing-700-T-6-Flights-Per-Day-While-Fleet-is-Grounded-Growing-Out-of-the-Pilot-Crisis-Making-Space-a-Priority.aspx
  4. U-2 Dragonlady info

    Making ISR great again
  5. T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    That damn zeolite dust...it'll getcha
  6. What is right with the Air Force

    One U-2 squadron wants to be the Silicon Valley of the Air Force ”[Air Force Chief of Staff] Gen. [David] Goldfein has told me as a commander to get ready for the fight. I cannot succeed at the mission that he’s laid out for me if I wait on the Air Force to give me the answers,” Lt. Col. Matt Nussbaum, commander of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron, told Defense News in a Nov. 30 interview at Beale AFB in California. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017/12/08/one-u-2-squadron-wants-to-be-the-silicon-valley-of-the-air-force/
  7. Air Force to begin testing enlisted pilots

    Right? Someone literally just asked a question at a CSAF all-call about enlisted pilot opportunities and he said not right now, because we have a retention problem, not a recruiting problem...there is no shortage of people willing to raise their hand to fly So WTFO? What problem are we trying to fix again?
  8. Thankless work no doubt. At least you guys are aware and trying to get ahead of the power curve. I've been trying to get the U-2 flight manuals folks to add hyperlinks in the PDFs for a year now. And yes once paper finally does go away it opens up lots of new possibilities for how flight manuals and checklists are constructed and displayed. It would be great if ACC would throw money at developing an awesome checklist app or something like that but I'll believe it when I see it...like you eluded to once they realize that cost savings I'm sure that money will go somewhere else in a hurry. I think we'll be stuck with PDFs for checklists for a while.
  9. Future T-38 replacement?

    This reminds me of the old F-117 story about painting the jet weird pastel gray colors because that was going to blend in best at night...but real men don't fly pastel jets, so paint it black! Just give the thing a damn afterburner...dilly dilly! ------ No one's really brought up the concept of integrated simulator training. I think that will play a large part in the discussion of how we move forward with requirements and how the syllabus is structured. I believe some of the T-X competitors at least had demonstrated integrated sim capabilities, flying an actual mission next to a virtual wingman who's sitting in the sim on the ground or what have you. I shudder at the thought of cutting large amounts of flights and hours out of the UPT or IFF syllabus in favor of sim time, but I've never had the privilege of using a state of the art gucci sim either, so I don't know.
  10. Right! If you really think about it, 95% of the conversations here could be funneled into the WTF section. It's all a band aid. The new IFF will go in the same place as the old IFF, so I'm sure all that water that comes out of the air vent won't be a problem at all... And yeah ADAIR is the big driver for the T-38A in ACC as they have most of the jets. They don't have any interest in the C model mostly because of the PMP mod. Worse performance in the airspace, shorter sortie duration. What they really want is more A models until T-X or ADAIR-X or whatever can replace it. Basically zero chance of PMPing the remaining A/B models. I would think a low cost avionics upgrade using COTS products would be a drop in the bucket and a no brainer. Hell just steal what NASA already did, they've even offered up all their schematics to get the job done. I guess for now we have to be happy with the "Dual UHF upgrade"...if you can call it an upgrade. More like a Radio Shack weekend project. I want ForeFlight...but...I want more features and integration that are tactically useful. ForeFlight is great, but their biggest customer is civilian and commercial aviation. They are responsive to military needs but it's not their priority. We get a great product for flying from A to B, but it COULD be a game changer if we could meld it with tactical overlays. The interface, charting and overlays on ForeFlight is first rate, now imagine being able to lay down threats, blue force tracker, kill boxes, targeting coords/imagery, whatever you want. If we could have a MIL ForeFlight product that adapts and gets better at the rate the commercial app does but feature wise is catered to Military, capable of going classified and all that, you'd have an awesome tool. Instead of throwing money at something like Aero App how about not re-inventing the wheel and work out a contract with the best COTS product which is ForeFlight. The speed, innovation, adaptability of a commercial product tailored to meet operational and security needs of the military. Maybe it's a pipe dream but if I was king, that's what I would do. Yeah there's a new INS and new IFF on the horizon for the deuce, not sure about meeting the 2020 deadline though. The T-38A is actually not projected to meet the 2020 mandate either. I believe the exact quote was "We hope they'll come through with a waiver" Hope is always a great strategy.
  11. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    BTW Prince Saleem needs more cigarette breaks and 12 more 87 rides. He's on the 2 year UPT program. Also he won't make formal brief Monday because he's got some Tinder dates in Dallas on Sunday and he doesn't want to drive his Maserati back in the dark. He may make 3rd go if Allah wills it. As-salamu alaykamu vanilla face.
  12. F-16 Students skip Phase III

    If by NOW you mean IOC of 2024, not fully implemented until 2034....with absolutely no delays, then yes we're on track. 38's are getting cracked open for a structural inspection/overhaul which "should" allow them to fly for 20 more years. It's a house of cards...as the oldest 38s age out the T-X will come online to replace them. With a boost in UPT production, the 38 will essentially have zero surge capability. And that's assuming they can triage all the other stuff on the jet that is starting to break at an exponential rate. And like you said, the problem is retention right. Boosting UPT production doesn't fix it. In 10 years you end up with a couple bloated year groups and another RIF board. Congratulations Big Blue, you suck again. Let's focus on quality not quantity, keep pilot production where it is and pour your effort into fixing the other bullshit. Put a civilian or two in each shop in the squadron, stop BS deployments, figure out a way to streamline the staff queep and make flying staff jobs. It's 2017, you'd think we could figure out telecommuting for staff.
  13. Yeah I think that makes the most sense and that's what units are going to do. ACC's guidance is they will be individually issued to aircrew for "security" reasons, but the way i see it you get issued a spare at the ops desk, it's yours for an hour, then you turn it back in. Simple. Get this...T-38A is getting ADS-B out by way of a new IFF system. Integral part of ADS-B out is the jet knowing where it is, so there will a GPS receiver installed in the nose. What does it do for you? Nothing. Raytheon proprietary, can't tap into it, won't tell you where you are, can't use it for navigation...because it wasn't in the contract. But hey you'll have ADS-B out so everyone except you will know where you are. Fantastic. Yeah but that won't happen. A polished turd is better than a turd at this point. Randolph developed a pretty good model for an integrated checklist/in-flight guide PDF with touch buttons to navigate around. Pay a civilian to update it for you every time a change comes out, easy enough. That said, paper checklists aren't going to die nearly as soon as FLIP. The U-2 has an EFA for the pilot's checklists built in to the avionics processor. Looks like the instruction manual for the Oregon Trail video game. Probably worse actually. It's a human factors dumpster fire. To get to the next page you press the "up" rocker button and not the "down" rocker button...why? Because engineers built it and in their minds, you go up in page number so that should be the up button. I guess no one asked a pilot.
  14. Getting a bunch of knuckle dragging aviators to update one iPad is hard enough, let alone two. I understand the need for redundancy in case one overheats but makes way more sense to check out a spare from the ops desk. I still don't understand why the SPO has to approve iPads unless it's actually plugging in to the jet. ACC had a nice thing going with the Acronis app for pubs, but that's been shut down due to "security concerns" from what I understand. There's too many cooks in the kitchen on this, and it's only going to get worse as they try to make a one size fits all solution.
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